Dr Sagit Weiss, MD, MSc – Founder and CEO

Both a physician and a scientist, her vision is that medical research funding needs to go through a process of disruption, to ensure that important research happens and addresses our needs.

Sagit has gone through a rich and international career, first in internal medicine and then in the pharmaceutical industry (12 years) as a senior executive. She has been a researcher in both worlds, and her experience in medical research funding spans both sides of the process, applying for funding and allocating funding.

Sagit says about Crowdacure: « I have had the privilege to provide medical care to patients, I have had the most interesting work both as a researcher and working for the pharmaceutical industry. People thought I was crazy to change direction. But what I do today, disrupting medical research funding, is the culminating heritage of those years».

Hi there,

If you are visiting us, one way or the other you are at least curious about medical research. You may wonder 

why some areas of medicine have forever failed to show progress. At close examination, it appears many times 

that funding is relatively sparse in these fields. 

This fact is widely ignored in the press or in academia. Underfunded medical research is a cause you didn't hear 

of. Still, funding hardship and underfunding leaves vast areas of medicine under-researched leading to Millions 

of lives lost. Even when research ends up being funded, the hardship has caused many years of delay. It is 

noteworthy that more than one of these afflictions are in the top 10 causes of death in the UK, in the US, 

and globally. 

It may be hard to believe that important research wouldn’t get funding and the first thought coming to our mind 

is the rejected applications weren't good enough. But the numbers show that government agencies rejected most 

projects, even some of the very best ones.  The reasons why research for some diseases is even less funded are 

unclear.They attract less investors, and are low down on the governmental spending budgets and donors.

Typical reasonings one can hear is, the patients are responsible for their misery and donating for research 

would be a waste. Examples are in lung cancer, car accidents or HIV. I wish things were that simple. The truth 

is many victims of lung cancer never smoked and many victims of car accidents were not in the driver seat. So 

many victims of HIV have been contaminated in utero or by their partners. Nonetheless, the impact on our lives is 


Lady Medical Research is like Like Lady Justice. She wears a blindfold of impartiality. At Crowdacure we believe that 

all deserve a safe and effective treatment, that in our times, with the invention of internet, smartphones and electric 

cars, we shouldn't be anymore the random toys of destiny and victims of diseases by lack of research. 

Comparison of the burden of a disease (Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALY) rates) for the UK in 2012 and proportion of UK health research spendings (government and charities) in 2014.

On the right hand side, are in purple the proportion of spendings (2014) by the UK government and charities on research 

on different diseases. One can see that some diseases are allocated smaller proportions of the funding even though 

their burden (in green) is higher (measured in 2012). This is true even for common and devastating diseases 

(Injuries and Accidents, Blood/ Cardiovascular/ Stroke, Mental Health... ). 

The source of this information is the analysis performed by UK Clinical Research Collaboration. The situation is 

similar in the US. The spendings of the National Institute of Health (NIH) on different diseases, does not always 

correlate with their burden (DALY) or the years of life lost. These numbers confirm that some fields of medicine get 

less funding for research. They also address the natural question which is wether there is a cause to effect association 

with the burden of each of these disease categories, and the answer is no.

At Crowdacure we chose as mission to correct this inequality in medical research to make sure that diseases that are 

devastating lives are enough researched to find a fair treatment by 10-20 years from now. We hope that every disease 

will during our lifetime have a treatment contemporary to the latest communication technologies.

Crowdacure is the first organisation dedicated to Hard to Fund and Underfunded Medical Research. Its agenda is to 

make sure that no disease remains a threat just by insufficient research for cures. At the core of our approach is 

focusing on underfunded and hard to fund medical research. In the next page, I will present you our plan.

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